Library and Classroom Building
Cate School

Adaptive re-use of Cate School’s historic Reginald Johnson dining hall into the Inquiry Collaborative – an academic hub that compliments the dynamic inquiry-based education program at Cate. The 16,000 SF, two-story building features media and technology studios, classrooms, study pods, offices, a double-height terraced reading/lecture space, and the school’s library collection. The design sensitively revitalizes key historic spaces in the building including the McIntosh Room while creating bright and airy learning spaces with stunning ocean views. Refreshed patio and garden spaces for study and gathering expand upon campus-wide amenities for learning outdoors.

  • Location

    Carpinteria, CA

  • Services

    Architecture, Landscape, Master Plan


Blackbird Team | Adam Sharkey, Alayna Fraser, Alisa Oberjuerge, Ambikesh Mishra, James Kyle, Ken Radtkey, Liqiang Huang, Ray Twyford, Stefan Farmazon
Landscape Architect | VAI Van Atta Associates Inc.
Civil Engineer | Ashley & Vance Engineering, Inc.
Structural Engineer | John A. Martin & Associates
Electrical Engineer | Alan Noelle Engineering
Mechanical Engineer | Mechanical Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Planning Consultant | Suzanne Elledge Planning & Permitting Services, Inc..
Acoustician | Rothermel Associates
Owner Representative/Project Manager | Hartigan/Foley General Building Contractors, Inc.